Factor in the humidity, and it feels like the Amazon jungle. Although Chrysler would make two redesigns of the B-platform van, much of the exterior sheetmetal would remain nearly unchanged over 33 years of production, making it one of the longest-used automotive platforms in American automotive history. Several seating configurations were offered, depending on trim level. As their owners settled down vans became more family friendly. In 1978, both and Hal Sperlich were fired from Ford Motor Company, joining Chrysler Corporation. I enjoy road trips, very similar to my college days, only with an air mattress in the rear.
All generations of the B-series van feature similar construction, with only small variation from era to era. It also has a lot of room inside. Coinciding with the 1987 introduction of the Grand Caravan, cargo van production expanded to both wheelbases. We're hoping to another 100,000 miles in it! Along with its rebranding, the Chrysler Voyager saw internal modifications, largely to comply with European safety and emissions regulations. It is comfortable to ride in and it is very beautiful.
Not to mention power steering or brakes. As neither the Plymouth nor the Dodge brands were marketed outside of North America by Chrysler, minivans were exported under the nameplate, competing against the and sold as the Vanagon in North America. The 1978-style dash was kept. I like this van the more I dig into it. For 1989, the minivans saw a minor update. To further reduce costs, a number of visible interior components were shared with the , including the instrument panel, interior controls, radio, and various trim items.
This was unique to the B vans, and this same extension was used until the B vans were discontinued in 2003. I added heavy duty mats to protect the rear floor as it came uncovered. All examples were produced with woodgrain trim a feature associated with the nameplate. Similar construction for the entire 32 years of production made the Dodge Van very popular with upbuilders, service companies, and other fleets due to the compatibility of installable options from year to year without necessitating a redesign. Would use this as is for a paper route van. Passenger models had a small window between the front and rear doors.
The base was borrowed from the , and produced 96 hp 72 kW horsepower. I really like my Dodge Promaster van. The unpopular front bench seat ended production, along with the rare Convert-a-Bed option. This is a luxury machine compared to the steel dash versions that I had. In 1994 the entire front end was redesigned with flush headlamps to resemble the all-new Dodge Ram pickups, and new taillights wrapped around the sides of the van.
On the standard length vans, the rear end cap just contained new larger tail lamps, but the extended length Maxivan and Maxiwagon had a completely redesigned rear extension which was longer and had large windows that wrapped around the corners for better visibility. In mid-1987, the base was replaced with a , which produced a respectable 100 hp 75 kW , while the was replaced with the new producing 136 hp 101 kW in March of that year. Lower-end models had single round headlights, while Royal Sportsman and other high-end vans received four rectangular headlights. It was powered by the. For its entire production run, Chrysler produced the B-platform vans at the now-demolished plant in , Canada. It has out preformed any of my expectations.
Intended as a more powerful, safer-handling alternative to the Volkswagen Microbus, both companies sought to create vehicles capable as a second car. Manual transmissions were not available on 2. Additionally, the first generation's side door was mounted back several inches, using a fixed panel between the passenger's side front door and the side door, allowing for more access to the side door without interfering with the front passenger's seat. It's a joy to pick up friends for church activities, take neighbors to senior events or grocery shopping. The club cab was eliminated in the 1983 model year as Dodge started working on getting the factory ready to build Dodge Dakotas in 1986. It has on it and I believe it. The same year, the truck engineering division of Dodge was merged within its car counterpart of Chrysler.
Originally intended to use 4 sedan-style doors similar to a station wagon , Chrysler changed to two sliding doors, claiming better parking-lot access. The higher performance fuel-injected version of the engine later offered in the K-cars was never offered in the Caravan, and the 2-bbl version would remain the base power plant until mid-1987. It featured a 36-gallon fuel tank, chrome outside mirrors, bright wheel covers, and chrome bumpers. My oldest owns two minivans. Dodge pioneered the American 15-passenger van genre with the introduction of the Maxiwagon along with the other front engine B series vans that were new for 1971. The van would keep this body style and the 1978 dash intact with only grille changes all the way through the 1993 model year.
The resulting lower center of gravity improved handling versus the competing products. Just no real demand in the Pacific Northwest for a beater van. The looks a little cracked but other than that the front of this interior looks great to me. Vanning is not completely dead, there are a handful of original Vanner groups still around. Since the van came equipped with a tv and dvd player. The seats are positioned to view the road easily.
The 1978-style dashboard and door panels were finally replaced in the 1998 model year with a modern design using components from contemporary Chrysler products. For 2003, introduced the produced by , making the B-platform van the last full-size van designed by Chrysler; currently markets the a rebadged Fiat Ducato. It gets pretty decent gas mileage. It is a wonderful vehicle to take on vacations, long trips, etc. Canadian commercials in 1990 featured pop singer. Similar to the K-car station wagons, the minivans use a liftgate rear door supported by gas struts , unlocked by key. The Sportsman, Tradesman, and Adventurer names were phased out after 1980, replaced with the Ram van moniker, which included the Ram wagon for passenger models.